UCA bolt won’t come out.

Discussion in '2005 - 2015 Toyota Tacoma' started by TacoKen, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. TacoKen

    TacoKen Well-Known Member

    68F4933D-AD13-4C45-841A-6E572F5014D4.jpeg 118F9D54-D7FD-41DC-853C-CFAE2078D315.jpeg Ok, I’m replacing uca on passenger side. Bent the fender inner structure but there is a second support welded to it and it’s too strong to bend. Is the only alternative to cut the piece out?

    2015 Tacoma 4x4
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  3. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    I bent mine with channel locks. Install the bolt in the reverse direction so it isn't as hard to remove next time.
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  4. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    You shouldn't have to cut anything out, I used a 3' pry bar and gently pried out the fender to push the bolt head past. Leave the big flat washer down by the control arm. There was a wiring harness that I had to unclip to let the bolt slide by. I also reinstalled the long A arm bolt backwards to not fight the fender again.
  5. OP

    TacoKen Well-Known Member

    The problem is there is a second plate welded to the inner fender shield that the power steering reservoir sits on. I can’t get that area to budge. SPC tech says they have seen this problem and best to cut the bolt. So now so now I’ll order the two bolts from Toyota and try again in a couple days. Got to put it back together and get it out of the driveway. Bull shit is all I can say. Must be a problem with 2015 as they told me only a few issues like mine. Look at the pic. You can see I’m screwed.
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  6. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    42” bolt cutters from harbor freight use one of those 20 or 25% coupons bring it to about $25 https://www.harborfreight.com/42-in-bolt-cutters-61321.html
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  7. Boss_Taco77

    Boss_Taco77 Well-Known Member

    You just need to bend it more you can get it out the passenger side is like that on all of them my 2010 was just like that don’t be afraid to bend that piece of metal then tap the bolt out with something from the opposite side
  8. OP

    TacoKen Well-Known Member

    It won't bend because of the area where the power steering reservoir has a double thick piece of metal that even a 4' crowbar won't bend. So cutting the bolt is the only option. Going to cut drive side also. Ordered the bolts from Toyota for $6.95 each.
  9. OP

    TacoKen Well-Known Member

  10. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Done... Next step...
  11. geekyadam

    geekyadam Well-Known Member

    If you have to cut it to get it out, how are you going to get the new one in? I've done this on a third gen so it may not be the same, but I would be very surprised if something was in the way that couldn't be temporarily removed or bent as well. Can you take a pic of the power steering wheel reservoir is in your way? I'm curious
  12. OP

    TacoKen Well-Known Member

    You put the new bolt in from the rear. Lots of room and nothing in the way from that direction.

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